December 26, 2012 |
Brian Linton likes to talk trash. In fact, the more trash, the better. Trash is central to the marketing plan for his Center City apparel company, United by Blue. For every T-shirt, bag, or hoodie sold, the company vows to remove one pound of trash from the world's waterways. Making a donation wasn't good enough, said Linton, 26. "The brand I created was based on ocean conservation," he said. "It had to have a tangible impact. " Linton's mentor, Jaine Lucas, director of the Temple University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, describes him as a social entrepreneur.
December 14, 2012
Q: I'm a man in my mid-30s and none of my relationships seem to work out. I'll really fall for a woman, but then the more I get to know her, the more she seems different from how I perceived her when I first met. I always end up disappointed. I assumed I'd meet someone and get married, but at my age, I'm beginning to wonder. Steve: People are complicated. And relationships are fluid. As the great Mort Sahl observed, "Women marry men hoping they will change, and men marry women hoping they won't.
December 10, 2012 |
I start this holiday-decorating season with an almost-clean slate. Not much dust, and very little mildew. (I'll explain later.) Last year, I ruthlessly purged the Christmas bins. You know, those see-through plastic, hinged-lid thingies that seem to reproduce like bunnies in the basement, except there's so much stuff inside you can't actually see through them, and there are so many of them you've long since forgotten what you were storing where, let alone why. The Great Purge of 2011 took place mostly because a very wet summer, capped by Hurricane Irene, had led to some damp-ish cardboard boxes of holiday cheer - some of which, I'm embarrassed to say, had white fluffy beards rivaling Santa's before we cleared them out and gave the basement walls several new coats of water-sealant paint.
December 7, 2012
THIS FIRST Friday, Seraphin Gallery shows its visitors how one person's trash becomes another's art with Joan Wadleigh Curran's "Accumulation. " Paintings are made with gouache on black paper. The subjects are discarded and overlooked objects - a medley of trash from the streets of Philadelphia, rocks from a Wyoming quarry and ocean debris collected near Ballycastle, Ireland. By removing these materials from their environment and rearranging them in her studio, Curran explores the value of each piece.
November 28, 2012 |
THINKING ABOUT giving Power Balance wristbands to family and friends this holiday season? Think again, says Mark Cuban. The Dallas Mavericks owner literally trashed the energy bracelets, which are sold at $32.99 each on NBA.com. The silicone bands, whose customers include professional athletes, come in numerous colors and styles. The ones on sale at the NBA Store feature team logos. The bracelets, according to the manufacturer, include a hologram "based on eastern philosophies of health and wellness.
November 15, 2012 |
ALONG GERMANTOWN Avenue, even the things that are supposed to keep sidewalks trash-free have become symbols of the neighborhood's long-standing problem with litter and blight. At least three BigBelly solar trash compactors installed in September along Germantown Avenue on the four-block stretch between Chelten Avenue and Penn Street in Germantown are tagged with graffiti - a bold affront to work done by the city and residents to clean up the area. The compactors, a spokeswoman for the city's Streets Department said, were put there in 2010 to replace some old wire litter baskets removed due to misuse.
October 29, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Reggie Bush and the Miami Dolphins were over all that trash talking from earlier in the week. The New York Jets? They were still going at it after the game. But after a week of back-and-forth chatter, the Dolphins settled this one on the field. And it was no contest. Matt Moore threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano after stepping in for injured Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins didn't miss a beat, rolling past the New York Jets, 30-9, on Sunday for their third straight victory.
October 29, 2012 |
Sandy means business, Mayor Nutter said in a press briefing Sunday night. Nutter said he had spoken to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, who told him to expect a Category 1 hurricane. "The intensity is not lessening," the mayor said. "It's actually strengthening. Every concern that we've laid out for the past couple of days is in fact real. " Nutter said he had been told to expect five to 10 inches of rain in a fairly short period of time – the equivalent, he said, of over five feet of snow.
October 23, 2012 |
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - Fall at the Jersey Shore means the crowds have gone, the water is cooler - and things like a plastic heel from a shoe, a surgical mask and toothbrush heads can be found on the sand. Clean Ocean Action held its annual fall beach cleanups in 60 spots up and down the Jersey Shore, removing thousands of items that were either left behind by beachgoers or that washed up with the tides after being discarded elsewhere. On Sandy Hook alone, volunteers picked up: nearly 3,500 food and candy wrappers; 142 rubber balloons; 3,300 plastic straws and stirrers; more than 100 plastic light sticks; and nearly 600 plastic forks, knives and spoons.
October 20, 2012 |
A mother who abandoned her newborn baby girl in a cardboard box four days before Christmas last year was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child Friday but acquitted of attempted murder. Patricia Crawley, 33, of Philadelphia, was also convicted of reckless endangerment and simple assault and acquitted of aggravated assault. She was arrested in February, tracked down by police after a custodian found her child, in a box in the trash outside of Rainbow Day Care Center at 26th and Huntingdon Streets in North Philadelphia.